When most people see a car speeding through their neighborhood, they shake their head and say, “Someday, someone is going to get hurt.”
But others resolve to try to do something to change it.
Dearborn resident Haya Bacharouch is concerned that the lack of stop signs at an intersection in her neighborhood is “dangerous for all of us”—especially given that Lowrey Middle School was on the same block.
Bacharouch has started a petition through Change.org to drum up public support for her cause. Here’s a look at her plea for safer streets:
Reuter St. and Haggerty St. intersection is at the heart of Lowrey Elementary and Middle school in the east side of Dearborn. This four way residential intersection needs two more stop signs to stop the multiple accidents that have happened. It is dangerous for all of us especially the students who walk back home from school. Please sign this petition to post stop signs to keep our families and friends safe!
All requests for traffic sign changes must go through the Dearborn Police Department Traffic Bureau, according to the City of Dearborn. Bacharouch said she contacted police, who told her to start gathering support for her cause.
“They told me to go to the police station and grab a petition, which I did,” she explained. “But since it’s winter and everyone’s inside I decided to start one online instead.
“Police have told me I need a lot of signatures for them to even consider putting a stop sign up.”
The petition is currently up to 82 signatures, many of whom said they live or did live in that area.
“I grew up on this street right on Reuter between Henson & Haggerty,” commented petition signer Amy Kousini. “My mother still lives there and the way that people drive now a days is awful, especially knowing that there is no stop sign on that side. There are kids that walk to & from school using that intersection, it’s very busy and definitely needs a stop sign.